making local government more ethical

From the Miami Herald blog:

Newspapers, advocates sue the governor and Cabinet for sunshine violation

The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, the Associated Press, a Tampa lawyer and a coalition of sunshine advocates filed a lawsuit late Tuesday alleging that Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet violated the state's open meeting laws when the governor unilaterally decided to "force the resignation" of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Gerald Bailey and they consented.

The lawsuit, filed in the Second Judicial Circuit in Leon County, alleges that the Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam circumvented the requirements of the state's sunshine laws because they used conduits to coordinate and discuss the removal of Bailey and the selection of his replacement, Rick Swearingen, without advanced notice or in a public setting.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/02/newspapers-advocate...

Carla Miller was interviewed by Gregg Fields for a labcast recently. Here's the description from the Ethics Lab website:
Can independent and local government ethics commissions reduce political corruption? Journalist Gregg Fields interviews Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Network Fellow Carla Miller

Carla Miller, Founder and President of City Ethics, is starting a Network fellowship at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics.

Today, her first blog post was published on the Safra Center’s website:
The post, titled “The Emperor’s New Clothes -- A View into the Current State of Municipal Ethics", describes the various types of municipal ethics programs and calls for a unified approach to institutional corruption at the local level.

See the post here: http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/lab/blog/315-the-emperors-new-clothes

What’s missing from new Jacksonville ethics office? Money

No budget or staff yet, despite being adopted by City Council last summer.

Posted: January 17, 2012

Seven months after it was signed into law, Jacksonville’s Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight still has no budget.

Its one employee, a director appointed last month, works part-time but hasn’t drawn a city paycheck since leaving an earlier job in October.

She’s hoping volunteers will help get the new office in gear — and that the city releases enough money for her to get paid again.

My last blog post involved the Baltimore Employees' Retirement System board calling in an image consultant to help protect it from an investigation by the city's ethics board. This blog post will look at why there is an investigation (again, I could not find any minutes posted, so I am dependent on the research done by the Investigative Voice).

At the annual Council on Governmental Ethics conference in Washington D.C.

From left:

  • Kurt Nemes, World Bank Ethics Office
  • Carla Miller, City Ethics
  • Matt Cross, Office of Governmental Ethics

Each presented as a part of an ethics training seminar in Washington DC, Dec. 2010



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